- Duration: 7 días
- Mín-max group:4-12 participants
Prices per participant
Price. 545 euros
Senda de Camille is a six-stage trek with a circular itinerary of around 100 kilometres. The itinerary of the Camille Trail runs through the Natural Park of the Western Valleys (Aragon) and the National Park of the Pyrenees (French departments of the High Pyrenees and Atlantic Pyrenees). This mountainous land was once the home of the Camille bear, believed to be the last indigenous brow bear in the Pyrenees.
We will follow the pawprints of Camille, walking over some of the most beautiful and spectacular places of its territory. Where we find beeches and fir forests, subalpine and mountain pastures, slender peaks and dramatic valleys and ibones (mountain lakes) created by mighty bygone glaciers. Exploring Spain suggests a clockwise route, starting at the mountain pass of Somport, right on the border between Spain and France. By the end of our route we will have enjoyed sites as beautiful as the Ibón de Estanés and the Valley of the Sarrios and contemplated peaks as spectacular as the Petrachema and the Needles of Ansabere.
Camille is always in mountain huts, except one night of Lescún where we lodge in a gite.
The Natural Park of the Western Valleys covers one of the better preserved ecosystems and with less urban pressure of the Pyrenees. It presents to the traveller a great variety of habitats, flora and fauna. Beech forests, black pine forests, pine and fir forests, grasslands and high mountain areas. Regarding the fauna, the brown bear, bearded vultures, griffon vulture, some protected insects and several endemic plants stand out.
The massifs of Bisaurín, Aspe, Mesa de los Tres Reyes and Peña Forca, and their characteristic U-shaped valleys made by the erosion of the glacial ice, are the most important fearues of the park.
It is important to carry little weight in the backpack to walk comfortably, so it is recommended to take only the essential material and clothing. Each day you may wash some laundry by hand and you do not have to carry food. We will inform you so you backpack weighs no more than 6-10 kilos.
Physical and technical level
Intended for people with a habit of walking in the mountains or who practice sports on a regular basis and who are able to face slopes of +1200 meters at a calm but continuous pace. No rock climbing or mountaineering skills are required.
The stage of the fourth day is longer but you can avoid some kilometres and meters of unevenness (consult).
Flexibility of dates
We always propose several departures with several dates but we also adapt the trips to your availability. So do not hesitate to consult us if the dates do not fit you and we will adapt an outing for you.
Time and place of meeting
One week before the start of the trip we will send you the information about the place and time of meeting as well as the name and phone number of the guide that will accompany the group. In addition we will send you more useful information that will facilitate the final preparations.
Backpack during trekking
It is important to carry light weight in the backpack to walk in comfort, so it is recommended to carry only the essential material and clothing. Every day you can wash some clothes by hand and also do not have to carry food. We will inform you that the backpack will not weigh more than 6-10 kilos.
Insurance of the activity
As indicated in the 10th paragraph of the General Conditions www.muntania.com, it is mandatory that you have insurance that covers the activity of the trip. If you do not have one, you have the option to contract it through our travel agency (please consult). If you already have it or would not want to hire it through us, you must confirm in writing that you are giving up.
Without doubt, for a little more we recommend insurance with cancellation and so if you or a family member has any mishap before the trip will be entitled to the full refund of the amount paid both in the tickets and in the trip itself,
* The cancellation insurance that we manage allows a refund of up to 1500 euros. If the amount of the trip plus flight is bigger you can extend the amount that you want to insure (consult).
It is not necessary to wear a sleeping bag but a silk or cotton sheet bag.
Price. 545 euros
Day 1. Trip to Somport. Group meeting in the Aysa Hostel (Albergue Aysa).
Day 2. Hostel Aysa in Somport (1.640 m) - Arlet Mountain Hut (1.986m)
During this first day we will already feel the wild nature that will accompany us in the next few days. The northern slope of the Pyrenees stands out due to a greater presence of forest mass. We will visit a beautiful beech forest with calcareous peaks such as Aspe Peak (2,645 m) and Llena del Bozo Peak (2,566 m).
Walking always along the French slope and in North West direction we will gain meters until reaching Arlet Refuge (1,986 m). In the afternoon we will enjoy looking at a hill next to the mountain hut overlooking the famous valley of Aguas Tuertas with its tortuous river that in this area forms sinuous and abundant meanders. We will finish the day with the views of the Midi d'Ossau during sunset.
Distance 19 km. + 1.150 m. ascent - 780 m. descent. Time: 6-7h
Day 3. Arlet Hut (1.986 m) - Lescun (Camping Lauzart, 830 m).
Itinerary in France where we will cross part of the dividing axis between the two countries. We will have to surpass two hills, first the Col de Saoubathou (1,949 m) and the Pass of Palo, also known as the Col de Pau (1,942 m). From here we will separate from the border and the high peaks to descend to the green valley where Lescún is located, a beautiful and typical French town. We will have the opportunity to taste the typical French cheese of this valley.
People who worked on both sides of the border as well as those fleeing the war, passed through these lands, where the fraternity of the inhabitants of both countries helped many of them.
Distance 19,5 km. + 520 m. ascent - 1.640 m. descent. Time: 7-8h
Day 4. Lescun (Camping Lauzart, 830 m) - Linza Muntain Hut (1.340 m).
We will cross the border again to return to Spanish territory by the Cuello de Petrechema (2.082 m). The landscape that will accompany us on our ascent will offer us great views of the majestic Circus of Lescun formed by large rocky masses such as the Petrechema, Needles of Ansabere and the Table of Three Kings.
The descent to Linza is of total harmony by bucolic grasses.
Distance 17 km. + 1.290 m. ascent - 790 m. descent. Time: 7h
Day 5. Linza Hut (1.340 m) - Gabardito Hut (1.280 m).
This is the key stage in this trekking, and undoubtedly the longest in kilometres and the highest unevenness accumulates.
The first kilometres are made fast by a comfortable terrain until reaching Zuriza (option to travel 5 km in vehicle, please consult). From Zuriza we will take the valley bottom that goes parallel the mountainous axis of Sierra de Alano also by comfortable forest track. There will come a moment that we will face greater slope to reach the Pass of the Achar d'Alano arriving at the Rincón de Alano Hut (1.925 m). From here, heading east we will travel the Rincón d'Alano by a beautiful forest as we lose height. Once again, we will climb to the Neck of Lenito Baixo (1.708 m) to return down to bottom of the valley crossing the river Aragon Subordan. We will finish climbing once in Gabardito hut, where we will spend the night and we will recover energies. There is the option to make this last ascent by vehicle for those who need it (please consult).
Distance 23 km. + 1.640m. Ascent– 1.600 m. descent. Time: 10h
Day 6. Refugio de Gabardito (1.280 m)- Refugio de Lizara (1.520 m). Optional ascent to Bisaurín Peak (2.669 m).
This short and comfortable stage will give us respite to regain strength. But for those who still have energy, there is an opportunity to ascend to Bisaurín Peak. We will walk a comfortable path through meadows to Foratón Col (2.032 m). From here we will see the Bisaurín and also the descent to the Lizara Hut.
Magnificent views during the descent of the Massif of Bernera, a geological site of enormous interest where you can see rocky materials displaced by the huge collision of the tectonic plates when forming the Pyrenees.
Distance 10 km. + 700m. ascent – 546 m. descent. Time: 3-4h. +- 700m if we ascent the Bisaurin.
Day 7. Refugio de Lizara (1.520 m) - Somport (1.640 m).
Last stage of our trip. To finish this circular trekking, we still have to walk beautiful paths in a varied landscape. We will enter a valley between the calcareous masses of the Bisaurín and Massif of Bernera to reach the Port of Bernera before Valley of the Sarrios. Then we will reach the Ibón of Estanés (Mountain Lake) where we can refresh ourselves and continue along the Beech Forest that we could already admire on the first day.
Distance 17 km. + 1.060m. ascent -960 m. descent. Time: 6-7h